The newly formed House Higher Education Study Committee will hold hearings through mid-September to study subjects ranging from workforce connections to the costs linked to degrees.
Chairman Rep. Cliff Rosenberger (R-Clarksville) has scheduled meetings at colleges and universities around the state starting Thursday at Miami University.
Speaker Bill Batchelder formed the committee along with two others as special study panels to work over the summer. The others will delve into health care and tax policy. (See Gongwer Ohio Report, July 30, 2013)
“A high-quality education system is critical not only for individuals’ success but also the long-term viability of Ohio’s economy,” Chairman Rosenberger said in a release. “The Higher Education Study Committee is an opportunity to follow up on outstanding issues raised during the budget process as well as identify additional policies designed to strengthen Ohio’s education system.
“It is my hope that information gathered through these hearings will form the basis for initiatives designed to support and expanded ongoing reform efforts.”
The study committee is scheduled to meet at:
*Penta Career Center in Perrysburg from 1 to 3 p.m. Aug. 20 to discuss transitioning to higher education and the workforce including dual-enrollment programs, improved student preparation/reduced remediation rates, developmental education reform, the higher education-high school alignment project, career counseling, and what parents need to know about higher education.
*Mt. Union University in Alliance tentatively from 3 to 5 p.m. Sept. 4 to discuss affording higher education including the Ohio College Opportunity Grant, 529 plans, financial aid, and managing student debt.
*Columbus State Community College from 6 to 8 p.m. Sept. 9 to discuss reducing the cost of higher education including faculty workloads, the role of technology and blended learning, state funding, and institutional collaboration and partnerships.
*Kaplan College in Dayton from 1 to 3 p.m. Sept. 19 to discuss serving nontraditional students including financial aid, addressing skill/knowledge gaps, midlife career changes and academic and nonacademic support.
Other members of the study committee are Reps. Christina Hagan (R-Alliance), Richard Adams (R-Troy), Tim Derickson (R-Oxford), Heather Bishoff (D-Blacklick), Dan Ramos (D-Lorain) and Michael Stinziano (D-Columbus).